Dravid first played for India against Sri Lanka in 1996 in the Singer Cup in Singapore. He wasnt very impressive in this game. But he showed his class when he represented India in a test match for the first time. It was against England in the same year. Another Indian great, Sourav Ganguly also debuted in this match. Dravid has never looked back since then. In later years, he has played as a wicket keeper batsman and has even captained India, though for a short time. Dravid has scored 13288 test runs for India with 36 centuries, and 10889 one day international runs at a strike rate of 71.24. Sometimes he has been criticized for not scoring quickly enough as he does not have all the shots in his repertoire. However, he has been also referred to as The Wall because of his solid defense techniques against both fast and spin bowling. Dravid has won many awards. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri by the Government of India. The International Cricket Council ICC awarded him the Player of the year and The Test Player of the year awards too. On 4th March 2012 he announced his retirement from international cricket. But Rahul continues to play the IPL.